Uttarakhand landslide: 3 dead, 8 feared trapped in Tehri Garhwal’s Kot village

Dehradun: At least three people have died and eight others are feared trapped under the debris after their houses collapsed due to landslides in Uttarakhand’s Kot village on Wednesday. The hapless incident took place near Buda Kedar area of the village.

A search and rescue operation helmed by a team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and several district administration officials is underway. So far, three dead bodies have been recovered. The landslide damaged a house and five shops, burying eight people under it. While five persons are still trapped under the rubble, three bodies have been taken out, police said.

The Sub-divisional magistrate(SDM), P. R. Chauhan, said a team of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has reached the site of the incident. Due to rains, the Pindar river in Tehri has been in spate and many landslides have taken place in the region, an official said.

Meanwhile, rains continued to batter most parts of the state for the sixth consecutive day, leading to water logging in the cities and towns and landslides in the countryside. More than 80 link roads have been either damaged or closed for traffic in Paudi district alone due to heavy rains and inclement weather. Overnight rains in Nainital, a popular hill station for tourists, has disrupted normal life.

A landslide behind a school in Nainital’s Mallitaal area has forced the district administration to send advice to schools to be vigilant. On inspection by authorities, a large section of road on the Haldwani-Bheemtaal road has turned weak and can at any time cave into the lake, an official said. Traffic has been stopped on this road.

With IANS inputs.

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